The Road Home Dane County team works collaboratively towards our mission to end family homelessness.
The dedicated staff of Housing Advocates, Program Managers, Administrative and Development staff and Directors all play a crucial role in supporting the organization and the families with children we serve. View current job openings here and meet the team below!
The Road Home Director Team
|Cindy Browning, Executive Director | email@example.com
Cindy serves as Executive Director of The Road Home and supports her team of leaders and advocates in strengthening our mission to end family homelessness in Dane County.
Cindy is a licensed clinical social worker with direct practice experience in the areas of housing, domestic violence and substance abuse. She has worked as an Executive Director in the Dane County community for organizations that support basic needs, well-being and self-sufficiency for almost 10 years.
She is excited by the work done at our agency as it aligns directly with her values. She has a deep passion for working with nonprofits focused on ending and preventing homelessness. Understanding the cycles of poverty and striving to disrupt them is a core value that she holds.
|Diane Speich, Human Resources Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
Diane has worked with The Road Home since 2015. She brings with her 30 years of experience in the human resources field, with 20 years of that working with nonprofit organizations. Diane received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Diane has always believed employees are an organization’s greatest asset. She is happy to work for an organization that truly appreciates and respects its employees. She enjoys helping employees by answering questions, problem-solving and, most importantly, listening.
|Dominique Christian, Director of Programs | email@example.com
Dominique has held many leadership roles at The Road Home and is currently the Program Director, empowering the organization’s 20+ Housing Advocates as they support families enrolled in our housing programs. Dominique began her position at The Road Home in 2018 while earning her bachelor’s degree in social work with a minor in political science. With her background as a Certified Peer Support Specialist, Dominique has experience supporting people with mental health struggles, psychological trauma and substance use.
Dominique chose to enter this field because she believes that while there are many people passionate about this work, there aren’t enough people of color who share commonalities and similar experiences with the many of the clients being served. She believes her lived experience helps her be effective in supporting and advocating for others in their recovery process.
|Meghan Salzwedel, Development Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
As the Development Director, Meghan leads the organization’s fundraising efforts in collaboration with the Development & Communications team. This includes building relationships with our incredible supporters, planning our annual Homes for Families Fundraising Breakfast, writing and managing grants, and more. Meghan brings to her role years of nonprofit fundraising experience and she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a Public Relations emphasis from Wartburg College.
Meghan guides her team with an open, collaborative approach and believes that safe, stable, affordable housing is a human right – no questions asked. In her role, Meghan feels honored to support the efforts and the team of dedicated Housing Advocates who work alongside families every day.
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|Addie, Communications & Donor Relations | email@example.com
Addie joined the development team to provide communication support and strategy after being connected to the organization through previous volunteer efforts. As a Communications and Donor Relations team member, Addie assists with The Road Home’s publications, marketing materials and overall communication approach. She works directly with the development team and enjoys engaging in meaningful interactions with the families served by The Road Home during interviews and program spotlights.
With a background in visual communications, Addie earned a Commercial Photography Degree from Madison College and has worked in the nonprofit sector ever since. Assisting in the storytelling of The Road Home’s mission in new and creative ways is a passion of hers.
|Allie, Program Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org
Allie provides program coordination for multiple housing programs within The Road Home. Allie graduated from California State University, Chico in 2015 with a BA in English Studies and Asian Studies. She spent two years working with youth in a domestic violence shelter and the next five years working as a Rapid Rehousing case manager in Madison and began working at The Road Home in 2020.
During Allie’s time working in homeless services, she has seen that transitional-age youth ages 18-24 are especially vulnerable and unsupported. She is excited to support Dane County’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project (YHDP) and the leadership of the Youth Action Board (YAB) as our community works to increase youth-specific services and support.
|Allison, Lead Housing Advocate – Voucher Team | email@example.com
As a Housing Advocate for the Voucher Program, Allison works with families receiving Section 8 Vouchers and supporting them in maintaining stable housing and reaching their goals. Allison came to The Road Home in 2019 with previous experience working in mental health case management. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelor’s of Social Work.
What Allison enjoys most in her position is the opportunity to connect with people with a variety of life experiences. She loves listening to people and helping them work through any barriers in the process to become their best selves.
|Angela, Heart Room Coordinator & Housing Advocate | firstname.lastname@example.org
Angela develops and maintains community partnerships to expand and strengthen resources for the families she serves. Through her Heart Room program coordination and housing advocate work she regularly meets with families to set program and life-long goals while measuring their success and empowering them to succeed.
With a Liberal Arts degree, Angela has an extensive background in supportive services where she developed and implemented a survivor-centered vision for a housing department of a California-based organization and led her team of colleagues dedicated to empowering the lives of homeless individuals and families fleeing intimate partner violence and/or sexual assault. Angela feels driven to connect with those she serves and work to make a difference.
|Anna, Voucher Housing Advocate | email@example.com
With her background in International Relations, Anna brings the perspective of top-down analysis as well as grassroots systems into the greater-Madison community. Anna’s previous experience as an operations coordinator supports her detail-oriented approach.
While serving families as a Housing Advocate in the Voucher Program she feels privileged to be in this role and have the opportunity to accompany families wherever they are at on the road towards greater stability. The strength and resilience of the parents and children inspire her, and she aspires to be a safe and supportive part of their community as they reach their self-determined goals.
|AnnaVi, Program Manager – Voucher Team | firstname.lastname@example.org
AnnaVi leads the Voucher Program as a Program Manager and supports her team of Housing Advocates in providing assistance and direct supervision. Her duties include providing crisis intervention when needed and ensuring program compliance. While providing coordination for available housing vouchers within Dane County, she works closely with the housing authorities of our community.
With a Master’s of Social Work and a Bachelor’s in Human Services, AnnaVi enjoys seeking knowledge by collaborating with colleagues and partnering with other Dane County agencies that share a common interest and mission. Her previous experience draws from a foundation of clinical internships and work in domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy. AnnaVi sees the value of The Road Home’s work that adds to people’s lives as well as our communities.
|Becky, Permanent Supportive Housing – Housing Advocate | email@example.com
|Betsy, Office Manager | firstname.lastname@example.org
Betsy has held various roles at The Road Home and currently assists our development team as the Office Manager providing technical database and donor support. She brings an expert view to her work with a focus on serving families equitably. Betsy received her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009 and has been dedicated to serving families who have experienced homelessness ever since.
Betsy chose to work in housing because she sees that housing is related to every aspect of people’s lives. She believes that when people don’t have safe, stable housing, it impacts their school, work, health and relationships. When people have stable housing, they are able to accomplish amazing things.
|Emily, Building Futures Housing Advocate | email@example.com
As a Housing Advocate in the Building Futures Program, Emily supports young adults, ages 18-24 and their families with housing, employment, career and life goals. Emily is also a Wisconsin Certified Peer Support Specialist for Mental Health and Substance Use which helps her relate to what families served by our agency may have experienced. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Spanish and is currently in graduate school to earn her Master of Social Work degree.
Her past lived experience and knowledge of the challenges involved with being unhoused led her to direct support work. Emily knows about many of the community resources available in Madison and Dane County from her prior work in supporting people who have previously experienced homelessness. Emily enjoys The Road Home’s positive work environment that is focused on serving families and believes that when people have stable housing, they can accomplish so many things in life and reach their highest potential.
|Josh, Lead Housing Advocate – Rapid Rehousing | firstname.lastname@example.org
Josh is passionate about the support he provides as a Housing Advocate in The Road Home’s Rapid Rehousing program. He strives to help families reach and maintain stability by providing support as well as linking them to resources. A native of Madison, Josh received his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with a minor in Human Services from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Josh began working at The Road Home in July 2019. Prior to his arrival at The Road Home, Josh worked as an intern social worker for the Dane County Department of Human Services, and then at the Boys and Girls Club as the Teen and Sports Coordinator. He also serves as a juvenile court worker at the Dane County Juvenile Detention and Dane County Shelter Home. Josh chose this field because he believes we all have a purpose in this world to protect and serve people in any best practice possible. Josh takes pride in being a part of making a positive change and trying to make this world a better place for all.
|Kristin, Permanent Supportive Housing – Housing Advocate | email@example.com
Kristin joined The Road Home in July of 2023 to provide support to the families residing at The Breese apartments and Foundations’ program participants. She is eager to help these families feel empowered to learn new things, stretch their comfort levels, and become self-sufficient. As a Housing Advocate, Kristin believes that everyone deserves to have a sanctuary to call home and that every family deserves to have someone in their corner advocating for basic human needs that so often go unmet. Her desire to support and care for families – and to ultimately make a positive impact in their lives – drew her The Road Home’s work.
Outside of work, Kristin loves all things water. Catch her kayaking, swimming, pontooning, or blissfully floating on a floatie. She also loves going to thrift stores, reading, playing with her two children or three dogs, camping, bonfires, hiking, organizing, and helping people clean and purge their houses into more organized spaces.
|Lydia, Housing Stabilization Housing Advocate | firstname.lastname@example.org
In her role as a Housing Advocate in the Housing Stabilization Program, Lydia is excited to build meaningful relationships with the families she serves where she is able to witness firsthand the positive impact that stable housing has had on families and children’s lives. Families enrolled in the Housing Stabilization Program have successfully secured housing, and through her role, Lydia works with them to identify goals such as maintaining positive relationships with their landlords, finding employment and navigating complex housing systems. She believes that having a safe and stable home is a basic human right.
Lydia attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned a degree in International Studies and a minor in Middle East Studies. Lydia’s formal education trained her to approach complex issues from a variety of perspectives with coursework that emphasized critical thinking and cross-cultural understanding, which has enabled her to approach problems creatively and work collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds.
|Nicole, Program Manager – Permanent Supportive Housing | email@example.com
Nicole is responsible for supporting frontline staff who serve families and children in The Road Home’s Permanent Supportive Housing Program. While overseeing and leading her team, she also supports applications into The Road Home’s housing programs. With a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Spanish Language from UW-Whitewater, she brings previous direct service experience from behavioral health where she supported patients experiencing severe and persistent mental illnesses.
The Road Home’s approach to supporting families in a holistic way that empowers their lives is something Nicole is proud to be a part of. She feels our programs don’t solely focus on rent being paid, rather, our team assists with things like supporting children as they move through their education, assisting families with obtaining employment or other opportunities, and supporting clients as they make decisions regarding their health (physical health, mental health, etc.).
|Rocio, Voucher Housing Advocate | firstname.lastname@example.org
Working primarily with the Voucher Program, Rocio brings strong assets to the team as a bilingual Housing Advocate and provides services to families in both Spanish and English. To assist in client support, Rocio also offers services to other programs within The Road Home including Housing Stabilization and Rapid Rehousing.
With a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from UW-Milwaukee, Rocio has worked in supportive services throughout her career and feels drawn to The Road Home’s mission as she deeply believes in supporting people in reaching their goals around stable housing. She strongly feels that every child deserves a safe place to call home.
|Rory, Housing Advocate | email@example.com
With over 10 years of experience working in emergency shelter settings in Dane County, Rory supports the families in our housing programs with an emphasis on empowerment through communication skills. As a Housing Advocate, she also brings prior experience working in property management which she feels gives her unique insight into tenant/landlord relationships.
After obtaining her graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison she also completed her Masters in Social Work with an emphasis on Health and Aging. Rory feels most driven by meaningful work, extending to the support she provides families in navigating difficult systems to creatively problem solve.
|Silvan, Housing Advocate – Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project | firstname.lastname@example.org
Silvan joined The Road Home in August of 2023 as a Housing Advocate for our newest program, the Youth Homelessness Demonstrations Project (YHDP). Prior to joining the team, he was the Lead Outreach Specialist at Urban Triage for two years. In his role, Silvan works with youth (ages 17.5-24) who are struggling to secure safe, affordable housing. As a Housing Advocate, he helps program participants put together housing plans, set personal goals surrounding personal finances, employment, etc., and assists in securing documentation needed for housing.
He is passionate about his work because he wholeheartedly believes that when someone is facing homelessness and is working to find housing, it can feel like the weight of the world is on their shoulders. To be able to take some of that weight off as a Housing Advocate is why he’s chosen to work at The Road Home. Outside of work, Silvan enjoys creating art and doing martial arts.
|Stan, Administrative Assistant | email@example.com
Joining the team in June of 2023, Stan brings a welcoming presence as the Administrative Assistant at our main office. As a previous volunteer at OutReach LGBTQ+ Community Center, they gained valuable experience in navigating Madison’s housing systems. Stan received a BA in History and International Relations from Drake University, a MA in Central/Eastern European Studies from La Salle University, and a MA in Slavic Languages and Literature from Indiana University-Bloomington.
Stan values working at an agency where empathy is at the heart of everything they do. Outside of their time at The Road Home, they are passionate about traveling, being immersed in different cultures, and running and playing in a Dungeons & Dragons group.
|Whitley, Voucher Housing Advocate | firstname.lastname@example.org
As a member of the Voucher Program, Whitley supports families and their children with resources that build on their foundation of stable housing. In her role as a Housing Advocate, Whitley strengthens relationships with the families she serves and strives to have an authentic connection to foster growth and empowerment. When working with clients on their short and long-term goal setting, she develops an achievable plan for families to succeed at their own pace.
Whitley draws knowledge and inspiration from local grassroots organizations and enjoys having authentic, community conversations. As one of several Voucher Program team members, she believes wholeheartedly in our mission of empowering families.
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